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The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women Board of Directors Announces M. Arthur Gensler Jr. as Honorar

Husband of beloved and visionary Initiative co-founder continues late wife’s commitment to education and gender equality. PROVIDENCE, RI, Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women welcomes M. Arthur (Art) Gensler Jr., FAIA, FIIDA, RIBA as Honorary Chair of its Board of Directors for the 2018-2019 academic year! This announcement comes just months after the passing of Drucilla (Drue) Cortell Gensler, Art Gensler’s wife of nearly 60 years and a co-founder of the firm. "Art joins The Initiative at a very exciting time in our history as we continue to honor the legacy of Drucilla (Drue) Cortell Gensler, former Chair of The Initiative’s Board of Directors and Advisory Boa

Adela Raz Comments on the Struggle of Young Women in Positions of Power

Adela Raz (Simmons 2008 | Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy 2010), Deputy Foreign Minister of Economic Affairs of Afghanistan commented on the struggle of young women in positions of power in the January 9, 2018 New York Times article, Cutting Into Afghan Patronage: A Struggle to Make Government Younger by Mujib Mashal. The article describes the hurdles faced by relatively young professional men and women in Afghanistan, who possess quality education and modern perspectives, to attain and work effectively in senior government positions in the face of long-entrenched patronage systems despite President Ashraf Ghani’s strategy to leverage their talent in his bid to transform Afghanist

Manal Omar Delivers TEDx Talk on Women's Critical Role in Peacebuilding

Manal Omar, Leadership Academy 2016 volunteer lecturer cherished by The Initiative's students, presented "Women At The Negotiating Table – The Missing Peace in Peacebuilding" at TEDx San Diego. In her brilliant, thought-provoking TEDx talk, Manal describes the need for the peacebuilding community to recognize the central role of women on the front lines of global conflict and resolution. Manal cites women’s intrinsic knowledge of their own communities and their unique ability to embrace fresh perspectives as two important reasons why their presence in peace negotiations are essential to successful outcomes. Manal posits that women must have a fully integrated self-understanding of their own

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